2014 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards


Award Criteria:

Awardees will be selected from those who have excelled in providing volunteer services in one or more of the following ways:

- Participated in an activity or pro bono program which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
- Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and/or
- Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

Nomination Guidelines

- Kindly submit a narrative explaining how the candidate meets the criteria for The Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards. Describe in detail the nature of the pro bono contribution and identify those who have benefited. Additional information that would be helpful includes principal areas of practice, the number of years practicing law, hours spent on pro bono activities, other public service contributions, educational background, and bar association activities.
- Include up to three letters of support from other individuals and organizations who are aware of the candidate's pro bono contribution. If possible, please include one letter from a beneficiary of the pro bono legal services.
- Nominations submitted in 2013 remain active for consideration in the 2014 Awards program, provided that the nominating party submits a letter restating the intent to nominate the candidate and updating the narrative with any relevant information.
- Nominations should be received no later than July 3, 2014.
- Submit nominations and all supporting materials to: by mail to Robert C. Sacco, Esq., The 2014 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, c/o Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP, 14 Bobala Road, 4th Floor, Holyoke, MA 01040, or by e-mail to rsacco@lyonfitzpatrick.com.

Please contact Carol Lev at the Supreme Judicial Court at (617) 557-1074 or at carol.lev@sjc.state.ma.us with any questions regarding the Awards or the nomination process.